Family/Local History Enquiry?

If you have a question about your ancestors Stockton Reference Library’s team may be able to help you with your family history, or with your questions about the local area.

The Reference Library can provide free access to family history websites including Ancestry and Find My Past. We also hold church records for Stockton and the surrounding area, historical maps, local trade directories and electoral registers.

If you’re looking for a newspaper article – we have local newspapers as far back as 1855 which can be viewed on microfilm in our Family History Suite.

We provide one to one help sessions and also a free introductory family history course to help with your research.

Please visit the Reference Library within Stockton Central Library or contact us on 01642 528079 or email: reference.library@stockton.gov.uk

39 thoughts on “Family/Local History Enquiry?

  1. My maiden name is Colling and my Dads family lived in the Thorntree Road area of Thornaby. There has always been talk that we are related to the Colling brothers who bred the first shorthorn cow at Ketton Farm. Also a relation who was a chemist called Harry Colling. How distant are these relations?

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    • Victoria, the brothers which you mention were Robert Colling (1749-1820) and Charles Colling (1751-1836) of Ketton Farm, who bred the famous Ketton Ox. Robert died in 1820 and left everything to his brother, Charles. Robert did not mention a wife or any children in his will. Charles died in 1836 and also left a will. He left a number of bequests but all his property was left to his wife, Mary. Charles did not mention any children in his will. So it appears that neither brother left any descendants. If you are related to that Colling family it must be through some collateral line.

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  2. Hi was wondering if anyone knew, where I could get a picture of Stafford pottery in Thornaby, my great grandma worked there she was called Nora Bertha, my dad has the pic of her stood with another woman.

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    • Hi Louise,
      We hold microfilm copies of the Gazette from 1860 to today and these can be viewed in the Reference Library. However, unless you have an approximate date, eg. month and year of the accident, it will be very difficult and time consuming to search.
      If you have any questions please contact us on 01642 528079.

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    • Hi Mark,

      Looking through Stockton’s council minutes we have found an entry regarding an application for the refurbishment and extension of Low Farm, Lowfields Avenue, to form a public house for Joseph Tetley and Sons Ltd., which had been received by the Local Planning Authority on 31st March 1988.

      The first entry for the Teal Arms in the Yellow Pages appears a year later in 1989 so Low Farm must have been redeveloped within those two years. Unfortunately we do not have an exact date of when the Teal Arms opened.

      Best wishes,
      Hannah

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    • Hello Liz
      Unfortunately TB was not an common disease at that time, therefore it is unlikely that it would have been reported in the local press. However, we do hold local newspaper records on microfilm and you are welcome to come & browse through them. No appointment is needed for this.
      best wishes, Julie

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  3. My grandfather died in the district of Stockton in 1933. Does anyone know which library the old records are kept or if they are available online? Thanks

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    • Hello Liz
      What sort of record is it you are looking for?
      Stockton Reference Library holds most, but not all of the parish records for the Stockton area.
      We also have free access to online records through Ancestry & Find my Past.
      What sort of record is it you are looking for?
      Official certificates such as birth, marriage & death certificates can only be obtained from either the relevant Register Office or from the General Records Office.
      If you would like to email us with more details at the address above, we will endeavour to give you more information.

      Best wishes, Julie

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  4. Could you tell me what year the smallpox hospital was knocked down, it was situated on Harrogate Lane in Hardwick near the Horse and Jockey roundabout.

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    • Hi Linzey,

      Unfortunately looking through our records we have been unable to find a date of when the smallpox hospital was knocked down.

      We do believe however that the hospital may have been knocked down in order to build the Hardwick estate. This would have been in the early 1950s.

      We have had a look through the council minutes for 1950 – 1955 but have not been able to find any mention of the hospital. If you wanted to you would be more than welcome to come and browse through earlier/later council minutes in the Reference Library.

      We are sorry we could not give you a more specific date.

      Best wishes,
      Hannah

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  5. My mother was born 31/12/1914 in 1 Elm Street, Haverton Hill. I was born in 1953 in Hawke Street, Haverton Hill. I would like to know where Elm Street was because I think it was demolished before I was born.

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    • Hi Julie,
      Elm Street would have been at the bottom of Clarence Street, which is still there today. There were 3 streets in a row, Ash, Oak, and Elm, with Elm being the last street before the allotment gardens, which I believe are also still there.

      Hope this helps. If you are still unsure, you are welcome to call into Stockton Reference Library where we have historic maps showing Elm and Hawke Street.

      Best wishes, Julie

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  6. I’m looking for information on William and Martha Long who may have been related to Thomas Arthur Lenham 1887 – 1947 in Stockton.
    Can anyone assist please?

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  7. Hi, I was wondering if anyone knows anything about Hawke street in Haverton Hill. My nana was born there in 1924, but I can find no reference to the street in the 1911 census, which seems odd?

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    • Hello Emma,

      Just to confirm the answer Cliff Thornton gave you, Hawke Street was part of the Furness Estate at Haverton Hill. Building on the estate didn’t begin until around 1918 and Hawke Street was only partly constructed by 1919.

      Hope this helps.

      Julie

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  8. Davis Bridge @ Billingham,
    I would be grateful for information about this bridge, its dimensions, dates of commencement to completion, also cost of production from plan to finally being opened.
    Thanking you,
    Joyce.Joyce J

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    • Hello Joyce,
      Thank you for your enquiry about Davis Bridge. I have managed to find some information about the bridge which I will e-mail to you. Unfortunately without knowing the exact date of this development, it would be very time consuming to check the newspaper archive we hold and the council minutes. I would suggest contacting the planning department to see if they can help. You are welcome to come and check our archives for yourself.
      I hope this helps
      kind regards, Adele

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  9. I am writing a book and would like to have more information/photos of the timber yard on the river and the bus depot opposite in circa 1950 please. My father was caretaker of the timber yard. Can any one help me with this please?

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    • Hello Betty,
      Thank you for your enquiry.
      I have looked at some of our local history books and old newspaper’s, and I believe the timber yard was Foster Brotherton and Co. Timber Merchants. I have found a little bit of information which I have attached to an e-mail for you. You are welcome to come and look through our archives for further information if you require.
      I hope this helps
      Adele

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  10. Hello from Canada! My gt granddad Thomas Dickinson & his large family lived at 1 Dennison St Stockton in the late 1800’s & early 1900’s. He was a Master Blacksmith & a Verger at St. Peter’s Church & I was always told they lived next door to the church. My question is did they renumber the house on Dennison at anytime after 1918? If so, do you know the new number, or perhaps it was demolished? Thank you for your time.

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    • Hello Anne,
      Thank you for your enquiry.
      I have looked at census records and historic maps showing Dennison Street in the late 1800’s, and am certain the houses that the houses have been re-numbered. In 1899 there are only 8 houses on Dennison Street, which is next to St. Peter’s Church.
      I have scanned a section of an 1899 map which shows the area and sent this to your email address, along with other details.

      I hope this answers your query.
      Kind regards, Julie.

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  11. Hello,
    Can you help me, I have been doing some family research and have come across a picture of ‘McNaughton’s Steam Laundry’ in Bishopton Lane in Stockton. I have been trying to work out from the picture exactly where in Bishopton Lane the building was and if the ‘McNaughton’ who owned it might be an ancestor of mine. Any information or help in my research would be very much appreciated.

    Thank You
    Jackie

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    • Hello Jackie,
      McNaughton’s Steam Laundry was located at no. 3 Station Terrace, (now known as Bishopton Lane). If you know where the Queen’s Hotel used to be, the laundry was just past the hotel, towards Stockton Station. I think the buildings are still there, however they will probably have been re-numbered when they became part of Bishopton Lane, so I can’t tell you exactly where it was. The laundry was being run by Mr. Duncan McNaughton in the 1908-09 Ward’s Directory of Stockton. By1928 it was known as Wear Valley Laundry Ltd., so sometime between 1908 and 1928 ownership may have changed. McNaughtons Ltd. are also listed in Dixon St., which is off Dovecot St. If you would like to see a map showing Station Terrace, please call in to the Reference Library anytime.
      There were quite a large number of McNaughton families in Stockton but if you can connect to Duncan, then this could be your family.
      I hope this answers your questions.

      Julie

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  12. Hello, Can you give me any information on the Stockton Union Workhouse at 50 Portrack Lane Stockton. My great grandmother Beatrice Pearce was there in 1911 as an inmate with my grandfather, Albert (2 months old).

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    • Hello Karen,

      Thank you for your enquiry.
      Unfortunately, the only records that we in the Reference Library for Stockton Workhouse are census records. As you already know that your great grandmother was there in 1911 with your grandfather, aged 2 months, you have probably seen the 1911 Census record. As your grandfather was only 2 months old, it is possible that either he or his mother was in the workhouse as a patient at that time.

      I suggest that you contact Durham Records Office at : record.office@durham.gov.uk – as they hold Guardian’s Minutes which may contain some information. Also, here is a link to the Workhouse.org website, which has some information about the building.
      http://www.workhouses.org.uk/Stockton/

      Stockton Heritage website has a brief article also.
      I hope this information is of some help.
      If you have any further questions please contact us on 01642 528079 or email: reference.library@stockton.gov.uk

      Regards, Julie Allinson

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  13. Found a relative who died in 1885, buried in Oxbridge Lane cemetery and lived in Percy Street. Was there a Percy Street in Stockton as I can’t find one now or would it be Percy Street in Middlesbrough? Any info gratefully received.

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    • Hi Martin, thank you for your enquiry.

      Yes, there was a Percy Street in Stockton – it used to lead off from Parliament Street, which runs parallel to what used to be Holy Trinity Church. Now the area is occupied by a new housing estate.

      We do have maps within the Reference Library which show Percy Street; if you would like to get in touch with us via reference.library@stockton.gov.uk we could send a scanned copy to you.

      Kind regards,
      Hannah

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  14. It states that Greens House farm in Fairfield, Stockton-on-Tees was demolished in 1957 but when I started Fairfield Secondary Modern School in 1960 the actual farmhouse was still there. Can someone clarify this?

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    • HI Christine, thank you for your enquiry
      .
      You are in fact correct! Greens House Farm was still there when Fairfield Secondary School was opened. The building was in a poor state of repair, and had been due to be demolished for quite some time. (In fact before construction on the school even began!) However, it was not until either late 1960, or early 1961 (we can not be certain which unfortunately) that it was finally demolished, possibly the delay was due to it being a listed building.
      My twin brothers went to the school when it first opened and agreed with you that the farm house was still there.
      Hope this answers your question, and we will correct the information relating to the photograph asap.

      Best wishes, Julie.

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